At Bidwells, we’ve long recognised the Oxford Cambridge Arc’s potential to transform the UK economy

For more than 180 years we have advised the Oxford Cambridge Arc’s world-famous universities, who are among the biggest land landowners in the UK. Today, we manage its most significant real estate assets, including the world-renowned Cambridge Science Park and Harwell Campus in Oxford, Europe’s largest science park.

We’ve long understood the Oxford Cambridge Arc’s leading businesses and institutions are not driven simply by a chase for economic growth but by an academic push to combat the universal challenges threatening our planet and humankind.  

Our deep understanding of the region and unrivalled knowledge of its markets are our key differentiators, and the source of our ability to unlock value of behalf of our clients.

A Vision Built on Good Growth

Bidwells’ research suggests that current growth forecasts may underestimate the potential of the economic impact of the Arc. The projections do not take into account infrastructure investment, while also adopting conservative growth forecasts. We estimate the Oxford Cambridge Arc contributed around £111bn to the UK economy in 2019 and it is projected to grow this contribution to almost £400bn by 2050.

But attitudes towards growth are changing. Consensus is building for rapid action to decarbonise our economies and our leaders are challenged to deliver ‘Good Growth’ - health, affordable housing and a high-quality environment - rather than simply jobs, skills, incomes and a rise in GDP.

With developers facing unprecedented pressure to respond to the public’s changing attitudes, a region already delivering high levels of Good Growth in forward-looking local authority areas such as Oxford and Cambridge, provides a golden opportunity for forward-looking sustainable development.

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Bidwells joins latest EG Podcast - Will talk follow action on Oxford Cambridge Arc?

Our Planning Partner Rob Hopwood recently joined EG’s Editor-in-Chief Damian Wild for the property magazine's latest Property Podcast to discuss the prospects for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc in the March 11 Budget.
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Charity heroes pull together in 180th Birthday year to meet Bidwells' grand challenge

The proceeds of a frenetic year of 180th birthday fundraising was formally donated to cancer care charity Maggie’s this week when Bidwells’ Senior Partner Patrick McMahon proudly presented a cheque for £92,297.
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Bidwells awarded EG's Pioneer of Change accolade

Bidwells has been awarded ‘Star Contributor - Pioneer of Change’ by leading property publication Estates Gazette (EG) for its contribution to the development of its Radius Data Exchange.
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We’re more agile than ever, says Bidwells MD

The Coronavirus outbreak and the temporary government restrictions mean our employees are all working from home each day.
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Blog | Life in the Scottish Highlands reassuringly familiar for Bidwells team as Spring lambs ignore Covid-19 lockdown

With offices across England and Scotland the diversity of the Bidwells business is more apparent than ever during the Covid-19 lockdown.
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Dencora picks up 50,000 sq ft Norwich office with Bidwells advice

Commercial property company Dencora - advised by Bidwells - has acquired 52,281 sq ft Reed House at Broadland Business Park in Norwich from Lothbury Investment Management.
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Blog | Oxford and Cambridge Could Get Back to Work Faster as Two of the UK’s Top Cycle to Work Cities

As major cycle to work cities, our research shows Oxford & Cambridge are well placed to get back to work faster and more safely as lockdown eases.
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Podcast | Waiting for the green light. Are developers raring to go on biodiversity net gain?

Our Head of Rural Investment, Roland Bull gives us the lockdown low-down on how developers are readying themselves for the introduction of legislation that will ensure developers provide a 10 per cent net gain in biodiversity on all new schemes
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Sales and lettings office reopens following easing of lockdown restrictions

Our sales and lettings office in Cambridge has reopened today and we are delighted to be welcoming visitors again (by appointment).
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Almost 200 people join Planning for Bidwells’ latest Zoom webinar

Almost 200 people joined our Planning division for Bidwells’ latest Zoom webinar on 'Avoiding strategic development bottlenecks on the road to economic recovery' welcoming developers, housebuilders, planners and land owners online,.
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Orchard Street completes first letting at iconic Radio House Cambridge following major refurbishment

Orchard Street Investment Management, the specialist commercial property investment manager, has completed its first letting at Radio House office scheme in Cambridge to Sentec - a globally leading supplier of smart home technology and consultancy services - with Bidwells advice.
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M&S to open flagship Scottish store after Bidwells secures planning

Marks & Spencer (M&S) will convert a 20,000 sq ft retail park unit near Edinburgh and open its first ‘renewal’ concept store in Scotland after our planning team obtained planning permission.

Big box lockdown deals top 1.4m sq ft

The logistics and warehouse sector across Bidwells’ region has continued to surge with Bidwells agreeing more more than 1.4m sq ft of deals in the six weeks of lockdown.

Bidwells forecasts huge increase in demand for workspace in Oxford-Cambridge Arc as cluster leads the UK’s fight against Covid-19

New Bidwells research has revealed that up to 20 million sq ft of new lab and office space will be required in the Oxford-Cambridge Arc within the next two decades to keep pace with soaring demand, twice the volume of the previous 20 years.
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Podcast | Legacies of lockdown. How might Covid-19 restrictions reinvent master planning and urban design?

How many of recent societal changes will remain when economics overtakes health in the nation’s list of priorities?
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Webinar | Whistle-stop tour of Ox-Cam Arc commercial property market

More than 250 property professionals heard our head of science and technology David Williams tell an NLA webinar that Bidwells predicts a 15-20m sq ft increase in demand for offices and labs across the OX-Cam Arc over the next two decades.
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Podcast | ‘We're all epidemiologists now'. Can AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford inspire a generation of OX-Cam Arc place makers?'

AstraZeneca's Andy Williams discusses AZ's Covid-19 vaccine partnership with the University of Oxford.
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Blue economy development site deal landed in Montrose for Crown Estate Scotland

A 123-acre commercial development site near Montrose, Angus.
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Peterhouse College and Abstract confirm 300,000 sq ft office scheme deal next door to ARM HQ

Peterhouse College and Abstract have exchanged contracts to acquire a 9.17 acres (3.71Ha) site adjacent to the Cambridge global base of ARM plc from the Wright’s Clock Land Charity.
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Head of science and tech joins NLA expert S&T panel

Our head of science and technology David Williams has joined a New London Architecture (NLA) expert panel on science, tech and innovation.
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Voice of business still quiet in 'radical' reform of planning focused on housing, says Mike Derbyshire

Government's "radical" approach to planning reform announced this morning (Aug 6) has been welcomed by Head of Planning Mike Derbyshire.
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Seven things we’ve learned from today’s Planning White Paper so far

Bidwells Associate planner Matt Wilson gives the Planning for the Future White Paper launched by government this morning (Aug 6) a first once over.

Hat-trick for RICS professionals

Three members of Bidwells staff have been celebrating this week having passed their specialist assessments to become Chartered Surveyors.
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Cambridge’s knowledge economy is oven ready but should taste good to everyone

The early days of the general election campaign saw several overdue announcements in support of science and technology research.
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Science and Tech meets property at Bidwells’ 2019 Oxford-Cambridge Arc summit at The Crick

More than 550 science and technology researchers, architects, conservation groups, university vice-chancellors, local councillors and businesses, civil servants and property industry leaders convened at The Francis Crick Institute this week (Nov 26) for our 2019 Oxford-Cambridge Arc Conference in partnership with EG.
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Knowledge industries now dominating Oxford and Cambridge take-up

Offices and labs take up in Oxford and Cambridge has averaged 1 million sq ft per annum over the past three years, with almost 75% of this occupied by knowledge-based companies, finds Bidwells Research Director Sue Foxley.



Insights and Research


Our View on Cambridgeshire Offices and Labs Summer 2020

Activity continued throughout lockdown in Cambridge and 145,000 sq ft of space was under offer at the end of H1. Robust demand from SMEs in particular is expected to drive an increased pace of take-up in H2.
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Our View on Oxfordshire Offices and Labs Summer 2020

Bidwells' latest research reveals that despite the extraordinary period of recent months Oxford’s office market has shown remarkable resilience.
New Bidwells research has revealed that up to 20 million sq ft of new lab and office space will be required in the Oxford-Cambridge Arc within the next two decades to keep pace with soaring demand, twice the volume of the previous 20 years.

Oxford-Cambridge Arc Beyond the Covid-19 Crisis

The Oxford-Cambrdge Arc has established a critical mass which is gaining momentum, with the core science, technology and engineering locations of Oxford, Cambridge and Milton Keynes reinvigorating the wider region. These three local economies have been very important in determining the success of the Arc over the past five years.



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